Express Entry DrawsSTEM

Express Entry Draw 274 | 5,900 Invited in STEM Category

Published on: December 8th, 2023

The second Express Entry draw for STEM workers was just held. Express Entry draw 274 saw a CRS score of 481 and invited 5,900 candidates eligible for category-based selection in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) occupations.


Express Entry Draw 274

Date of Draw: December 08, 2023 at 03:02:52 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 5,900

Minimum CRS: 481

Program Specified: STEM occupations (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: November 25, 2023 at 09:48:36 UTC

take my free immigration assessment

Second STEM Category-Specific Draw

Express Entry draw 274 issued 5,900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 481. Today’s draw was the second category-specific draw for STEM occupations. Meaning that all candidates for this draw were selected from a select number of NOC codes within the Express Entry pool, related to STEM occupations.

Today’s draw is the third consecutive draw of this week, marking a significant change from the absence of draws throughout the entire month of November. The Previous draw was a “French language proficiency (2023-1)” draw, which invited 1,000 candidates. All profiles in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 470 (yesterday’s cut-off score) or higher could qualify.

When we compare today’s draw with the previous one for the “STEM Occupations (2023-1)” category, which took place on July 5, 2023, where only 500 invitations were issued, and the CRS score was higher (requiring a minimum of 486 points), we observe that the number of invitations in today’s draw is much higher ( 5,900 issued invitations), even though the score is lower. This indicates that since July, more than 5000 applicants have managed to attain the minimum required score for this category and have successfully met the requirements set by IRCC.

Qualification for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Category

To qualify, you must:

  1. Have acquired a minimum of 6 months of continuous full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience) in one of the occupations listed in the table below, within the last 3 years.
  2. This experience should have been gained either in Canada or abroad.
  3. Satisfy all the criteria outlined in the instructions specific to the current round.

Comprehensive eligibility information can be found in the instructions provided for each round on the IRCC website.


Number of Candidates in the Current Express Entry Pool

The IRCC updates the number of people in the Express Entry pool a few days before an invitation round takes place. Numbers change as new profiles are submitted, profiles expire or are issued an ITA.

As of today the composition of the Express Entry pool is:

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates
UpdatedMay 29, 2024


Eligible Occupations For The STEM Draws

Occupation 2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Architecture and science managers200110
Business systems specialists212211
Civil Engineers213001
Computer and information systems managers200120
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)213111
Computer systems developers and programmers212301
Cybersecurity specialists212201
Data scientists212111
Database analysts and data administrators212231
Electrical and electronics engineers213101
Engineering managers200100
Industrial and manufacturing engineers213211
Information systems specialists212221
Land surveyors212031
Landscape Architects212011
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries212101
Metallurgical and materials engineers213221
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers414001
Software developers and programmers212321
Software engineers and designers212311
Urban and land use planners212021
Web designers212331
Web developers and programmers212341

Previous Express Entry – STEM occupations Draws


Latest Express Entry Draw – All categories

Check here the full list of the Express entry draws that were held this year:

DrawDateCategoryNumber of ITAsCRS Cut OffTie-Breaking Rule
297May 31, 2024Canadian Experience Class3,000522March 19, 2024 at 18:58:58 UTC
296May 30, 2024Provincial Nominee Program2,985676January 19, 2024 at 18:32:21 UTC
295April 24, 2024French language proficiency1,400410April 07, 2024 at 02:06:46 UTC
294April 23, 2024General2,095529November 08, 2023 at 17:50:29 UTC
293April 11, 2024STEM occupations (2024-1)4,500491February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC
292April 10, 2024General1,280549March 21, 2024 at 03:37:24 UTC
291March 26, 2024French language proficiency 1,500388March 10, 2024 at 20:06:26 UTC
290March 25, 2024General1,980524February 25, 2024 at 14:42:38 UTC
289March 13, 2024Transport occupations 975430July 31, 2023 at 13:27:26 UTC
288March 12, 2024General2,850525March 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC
287February 29, 2024French language proficiency 2,500336January 18, 2024 at 09:15:46 UTC
286February 28, 2024General1,470534January 16, 2024 at 03:51:05 UTC
285February 16, 2024Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150437January 29, 2024 at 03:32:58 UTC
284February 14, 2024Healthcare occupations 3,500422January 30, 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC
283February 13, 2024General1,490535February 11, 2024 at 15:26:56 UTC
282February 1, 2024French language proficiency 7,000365September 08, 2023 at 09:47:27 UTC
281January 31, 2024General730541July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC
280January 23, 2024General1,040543January 21, 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC
279January 10, 2024General1,510546December 31, 2023 at 18:23:22 UTC
Do I qualify for express Entry?
Free assessment

Discover your Canadian immigration options. Get your free assessment now!